Brief testaments of belief by 34 leading thinkers, and a sequel to a book of the same title that Fadiman published in the 1930's. In his foreword, Fadiman explains that he asked the current contributors--Jane Goodall, Elie Wiesel, Jonas Salk, Robertson Davies, Thor Heyerdahl, and Czeslaw Milosz among them--to reflect on Einstein's comment that ""Strange is our situation here upon earth,"" and on those questions that, as H.G. Wells put it in the original volume, arise ""in the dark stillness of the night."" The range of response is wide and generally deeply felt, from John Hersey's call to attend lo nature's wonder (""Opening my senses, I cannot help but marvel"") to Norman Mailer's mapping of a Manichean universe (""God is. . .a general trying to win a war across the heavens"") to Arthur C. Clarke's reaffirmation of atheism (""in the next millenium the rise of 'statistical theology' would prove that there is no supernatural intervention in human affairs""). So--a smorgasbord of foods for thought, with a little something to please--or inspire--nearly every philosophical palate.